Dr. Orval Van Deest portrayed the mountain man Hugh Glass for students at the Gettysburg School on Monday. His historical performance shared the story of being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, but crawling his way to survival and living to tell the tale. He also performed on Sunday at the Dakota Sunset Museum. The program was made possible by the SD Humanities Council, an affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Potter County Battlers headed to Selby Friday night for the Herried/Selby Wolverines Homecoming game. Under a cloudy, 50 degree sky, the team kicked off to the home team and the offense went to work.
Their first offensive drive started at the 20 and ended with a 15 yard run into the endzone, putting six on the board for the Wolverines. Colton Hall blocked the extra point kick, so the score stood with Herried/Selby on the board 0-6.
The Battlers ended up punting the ball away and the men in purple put their offense back into action. They didn’t get to show much of their stuff before Chayce Hall intercepted a pass at the Wolverine 18 yard line. A couple plays later the quarterback connected on a 19 yard pass with Michael Rausch who was wide open and into the endzone for a Potter County six points. Hall split the uprights and gave the visitors the lead at 7-6.
Before long the Battlers took over on downs on the Wolverine 49. A quarterback sack left Potter County in a fourth and really long, so it was punted away to the 18 yard line where Herried/Selby took over on offense.
With 4:11 left in the half, QB Brady VanderVorst was sacked by the Battlers, with a face mask violation that left him on the ground. The ambulance crew came to the field to help him off the field before the game got back into play. They ended the drive with a 39 yard field goal attempt that went wide left and the Battlers back in control of the ball.
The possession didn’t last long before they had to punt away, but they protected the one point lead as the teams went into the halftime break.
The second half got underway with the Wolverines jumping into the lead on a 48 yard punt return. The Battler defense retaliated by pushing the Wolverines a whole bunch of yards back for a fourth and forever situation.
The final quarter got underway. Potter County put together a big drive down the field, with Hall connecting with Tanner Heuer on a fun pass play into the corner of the endzone. The touchdown was called back on yet another holding penalty by the Battlers. They did their best to shake it off, when an off sides penalty balanced out five of the yards. On a crucial fourth and eight play, Coach Vern Smith called a time out and met on the field with his team. A pass play didn’t quite make the distance, so the Wolverines took over on downs at their own five yard line. With just over three minutes left, the defense kicked in hard and forced their opponents to punt. Putting a drive together to run the ball and burn some time, the Battlers put up a big pass play that many thought was brought down in the endzone, which turned out to be an interception. The next play, Ryan Sundberg pulled up a fumble and the team took over on the 15. A QB sack pulled the Battlers back then the refs added an intentional grounding penalty, so the team was left in a second and 24 with the quarterback tucking and running down to a first and goal on the three with 19 seconds remaining.
On the next play they put in a TD at the hands of Tanner Storer. Luke Vogel pulled in another two points, and the score bumped to 15-12 and the Battlers moved their record to 4-1, defeating one of the state’s top rated nine man teams in some thrilling final seconds.
The Battlers get a week off this week, and will play Eureka/Bowdle at home on Oct. 11.
Player update: Reports following the game on Brady VanderVorst’s condition sounded good. He was moving and suffered no serious injury. It was commented that he will probably be making some trips to the chiropractor, but will be fine and have a full recovery.
Potter County (4-1)|7 0 0 8–15
Herreid-Selby Area (3-1)|6 0 6 0–12
HSA — Austin Iverson 15 run (kick blocked).
PC — Michael Rausch 18 pass from Chayce Hall (Hall kick).
HSA — Logan Schaefbauer 48 punt return (run failed).
PC — Tanner Storer 3 run (Lucas Vogel pass from Hall).
Offensive statistics not available.
Defensive Statistics: Potter County, Mitchell Hinkley 6 tackles, Vogel 4 tackles and 2 batted down passes; Herreid-Selby Area, Dakota Thorstenson 7 tackles and 1 sack.
The Potter County cross country team was on the road Sept. 25 and back home in Hoven on Saturday.
The girls placed fifth in the Faulkton Invitational and held on to a second place win at the invitational meet in Hoven on Sept. 28.
Following are the stats from the cross country meets.
Girls Division Team Points: Ipswich 6, Northwestern 19, James Valley Christian 24, Timber Lake 35, Potter County 47, McLaughlin 53, Highmore-Harrold 61, Aberdeen Christian 79.
13, Delanie Larson, Potter County, 18:50; 22, Shelby Kilian, Potter County, 19:38; 23, Emma Weyand, Potter County, 19:46; 33, Shawnda Rausch, Potter County, 21:51.
Potter County Invitational
Girls Division Team Scores: Northwestern 9, Potter County 14, Mobridge-Pollock 36.
Individual Results: 2, Hannah Flatt, Potter County, 16:13; 4, Sarah McClure, Potter County, 16:40; 10, Shaye Jungwirth, Potter County, 17:29; 11, Shelby Kilian, Potter County, 17:49; 12, Emma Weyand, Potter County, 18:01; 16, Shawnda Rausch, Potter County, 19:07; 17, Delania Larson, Potter County, 19:53; 20, Lilli Cronin, Potter County, 20:32.
Boys Division: 10, Carl Cronin, Potter County, 20:08; 25, Joseph Mangin, Potter County, 30:15.
The Potter County Lady Battlers won in straight sets during non-conference matches in Hoven and Gettysburg last week, and finished fifth in a CSDC tourney in Miller. The volleyball team is having a terrific year, with a win record of 12-3 so far on the season.
Following are stats from the matches.
Sept. 24 in Hoven
Potter County 26-25-25
Serving: Ipswich 45-53 1 ace (Ansley Sargent 9-11, Melissa Gisi 9-10); Potter County 67-71 5 aces (Destry Nafziger 16-16 4 aces, Morgan VanderVorst 11-12 1 ace, Alli Lake 17-17).
Hitting: Ipswich 62-80 25 kills (Sargent 22-25 9 kills, Rachael Severson 12-15 6 kills, Tara Heinz 10-19 4 kills); Potter County 94-102 31 kills (Alyssa Haberer 10 kills, Lake 9 kills, Regan Everson 5 kills).
Setting: Ipswich 67-67 22 assists (Taylor Petersen 67-67 22 assists); Potter County 69-69 25 assists).
Digs: Ipswich 28 (Kristi Pond 15); Potter County 44 (Lake 11, Tara Heuer 9, VanderVorst 7).
Blocks: Ipswich 2 solos 6 assists (Severson 2).
Records: Ipswich 2-7; Potter County 9-2.
JV Match: Ipswich 25-17, 25-27, 15-11.
C Match: Potter County 25-20, 25-16.
Sept. 26 in Gettysburg
Potter County 25-25-25
Stanley County 19-13-18
Serving: Potter County 70-74 12 aces (Tara Heuer 18-19 4 aces, Morgan VanderVorst 11-13 2 aces, Regan Everson 11-11 2 aces).
Hitting: Potter County 82-102 31 kills (Everson 17-24 9 kills, Alyssa Haberer 13-16 5 kills, Destry Nafziger 13-13 3 kills).
Setting: Potter County 68-68 21 assists (Nafziger 66-66 21 assists).
Digs: Potter County 49 (Heuer 14, Alli Lake 11, VanderVorst 9).
Blocks: Potter County 6 (Nafziger 3).
Records: Stanley County 2-9; Potter County 10-2.
Sept. 28 in Miller
CSDC Tournament Round 1
Potter County 23-20
Sully Buttes 25-25
Serving: Potter County 38-42 4 aces (Alli Lake 8-9 2 aces, Morgan VanderVorst 6-6 1 ace, Destry Nafziger 5-6 1 ace)
Hitting: Potter County 65-73 12 kills (Regan Everson 24-25 4 kills, Nafziger 10-11 4 kills)
Setting: Potter County 67-67 10 assists (Megan Schrempp 63-63 10 assista)
Digs: Potter County 45 (Tara Heuer 12, Everson 11, Lake 8)
Blocks: Potter County 2 (Nafziger 1, Alyssa Haberer 1)
Record: Potter County: 10-3
Potter County 17-25-25
Serving: Potter County 61-68 10 aces (Morgan VanderVorst 15-16 5 aces, Regan Everson 18-18 1 ace, Alli Lake 7-8 2 aces)
Hitting: Potter County 62-75 31 kills (Lake 25-29 12 kills, Everson 14-16 6 kills, Alyssa Haberer 8-10 6 kills)
Setting: Potter County 71-71 31 assists (Megan Schrempp 68-68 29 assists)
Digs: Potter County 63 (Lake 20; Tara Heuer 15, Everson 11)
Blocking: Potter County 1-1 (Destry Nafziger 1-1)
Record: Potter County 11-3
Potter County 21-25-25
Serving: Potter County 53-59 8 aces (Morgan VanderVorst 13-16 3 aces, Destry Nagziger 13-14 2 aces, Megan Scrempp 8-8 1 ace)
Hitting: Potter County 76-88 18 kills (Alli Lake 30-35 9 kills, Alyssa Haberer 16-18 4 kills, Regan Everson 19-22 3 kills)
Setting: 82-82 16 assists (Megan Schrempp 82-82 16 assists)
Digs: 65 (VanderVorst 12, Everson 19, Tara Heuer 11)
Brian Eldeen, 55, of Denison, IA and formerly of Gettysburg died Sept. 26, 2013 at the Crawford County Hospital in Denison, IA.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Oct. 5 at Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel presiding. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery.
Brian Edmund Eldeen was born on Dec. 23, 1957 in Hoven, SD to Delmar and Rosaland (Deck) Eldeen. He grew up and went to school in Gettysburg, SD.
He is survived by his mother, Rosaland Eldeen of Gettysburg; four children: Shaun Eldeen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sunshine Eldeen of Battle Creek, MI, Steven Eldeen of Aberdeen, and Vicky (Scott) Diede of Jamestown, ND; one granddaughter; five siblings: Phil (Kay) Eldeen of Lolo, MT, Bill (Linda) Eldeen of Howard, SD, Sue Eldeen of Pierre, SD, Barry (LuAnn) Eldeen of Mitchell, SD and Tami (Troy) Olsen of Pierre, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, Delmar Eldeen and both sets of grandparents.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg is in charge of arrangements.
The Gettysburg School Board met on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for their regular meeting, which was rescheduled due to homecoming activities.
The main topic on the agenda was discussion of the new school building project.
The meeting was turned over to Dean Marske of HKG Architects, who said the bids came in substantially over budget, with the lowest going to Sharpe Enterprises. The contractor came up with items to bring the project within budget, with the three major items being a switch to steel building construction, eliminating the locker rooms, and eliminating geothermal.
Marske stressed that the changes would still keep the finishes very durable to maintain the quality of the building.
Mike Jones from Sharpe Enterprises addressed the board, thanking them for the opportunity to meet and bid the project, and said his firm has a good working relationship with HKG from working on the Ft. Pierre school and they understand the high level of quality expected.
He went through some of the differences from the original design. The entrance to the school will stay the same as originally planned, but some changes will take place on the outside south end and east side of the building, where steel rather than brick will be on the top portion of the building. The siding will provide continuity all around the buildings.
The structure will be a pre-engineered metal building, with the same appearance of the brick and block finish on the outside.
The locker rooms were removed from the contract at this time in order to get to the $6.6 million number. Square foot costs were reviewed and explained. The project was originally bid at $7,550,000, which was at $142 per square foot. Jones said it is hard to build a simple house for under $120 a square foot, “so in the reality of $142, it’s not bad.” He added that the project has nearly $420,000 of amenity furnishings, such as fold up tables in the commons area, carpeting, cabinetry, which are all included in the $6.6 million bid, which is $128.42 per square foot. “So value wise, we haven’t changed much as far as finishes inside your building,” he said, adding that a lot of time has been spent since the bid opening to get the project within the school’s budget.
There was also discussion of using the relatively new existing boilers, instead of the geothermal, which would save costs but lose a little in efficiency.
The board was told that the locker rooms are part of a later phase in the project so could be added toward the end. Other changes could be given during the construction in a change-order format.
Marske said that it is the same building and plan, with the quality of materials and the classroom wing being virtually the same. He said that the building will meet all the codes, security, and alarm systems. No classroom or gymnasium space will change, and while there will be some changes with the locker rooms, Marske did not believe that to be a substantial change and the goal will be to get those in during a later phase in the project. All the improvements will be included.
Board president Matt Cronin said that some changes may be needed, but he wanted to make sure there would be no additional charge with the architects for change orders.
It was suggested by the contractor to take out some portions of a later phase in the project with the gymnasium that would cut $200,000 from the start of the project and could be added later. That would get the construction started with the $6.4 million contract.
The board moved to accept the bid of roughly $6.4 million, subject to review of contract.
In other agenda items, the board did not feel that money was available to move forward with the building of a bus barn. The school was paying $3,600 annually in past years for rental space for the bus. The three parties who expressed interest in providing a building for the bus will be given detailed directions, with more discussion at the next meeting.
Mill levies were set and the budget was approved.
The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14.
The minutes of the meeting are published on page 13 of this edition of the News. They are also available online at www.pottercountynews.com and www.sdpublicnotices.com
The third annual family walk/run to fight breast cancer is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 in Gettysburg.
It is again being organized Kelsey Fischer with the proceeds staying in the Gettysburg area to help with breast cancer detection and prevention, and to help those fighting breast cancer. Individuals, families, and teams are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser in either of two categories. A mile-long family walk and kid’s fun run and a 5K run or walk will start at 9 a.m. There is a fee to register, and participants who register by Friday, Sept. 27 will receive a free t-shirt and prize bag.
Fischer said that to add to the fun in the spirit of Halloween, everyone is encouraged to wear costumes for the Oct. 12 event, and prizes will be awarded for different categories for both adults and children.
Anyone and everyone may register, and although you can create your own team, teams are not required to participate.
Registration forms are available at the Vibe Salon, the GHS office, and Vilas. Those who pre-register by Sept. 27 will get a t-shirt and goodie bag. Watch the News for updates on the event.
The Chamber is looking for help in the haunted house, which will return to its original location in the old D and D Building in downtown Gettysburg this year.
Work will start to move props and materials to the building on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The haunted house will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.
Help is appreciated! Contact Michael Schlachter or Bobby Jenner for more information.
Presentations of “Hugh Glass: Mountain Man Mauled by Grizzly” will be given at the Dakota Sunset Museum and the Gettysburg School.
Dr. Orval Van Deest, Professor Emeritus at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, will portray Hugh Glass, the Mountain Man who in 1823 was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, but crawled his way to survival 250 miles and lived to tell the tale.
This historical performance will be presented at 2 p.m. at the Dakota Sunset Museum on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Dr. Van Deest will also present two performances at the Gettysburg School on Sept. 30.
Dr. Van Deest is a South Dakota native and has done extensive work in public humanities programs in South Dakota and across the mountain plains. In 1984 and 1985 he toured South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and North Dakota with the Mountain Plains Chautauqua.
This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Students from kindergarten through sixth grade can participate in the annual Gettysburg In Action (GIA) bike-a-thon fundraiser. The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 at the city park, with funds raised to go to the After-School Program and GIA projects.
Participants will be given firetruck rides after the event.
Contact Mrs. Kim Goebel at the school for more information.